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series of wild events conspire to pit Sounders against RSL – .

fr24news– For much of Decision Day, the Seattle Sounders appeared to be on a collision course with the LA Galaxy, which entered the day two points clear of the playoff line.

The Galaxy managed to tie in the 75th minute which apparently solidified their position and meant Real Salt Lake would need to beat Sporting KC on the road in order to jump them in the standings.

Unfortunately for the Galaxy, a rather savage sequence of events conspired to make this happen. First, Sporting KC were denied a penalty on what looked like pretty blatant handball.

Had that penalty been awarded and converted, the Sporting KC would have at least temporarily jumped to first place in the Western Conference and knocked down the Sounders in third place.

But it was not.

While anything less than a win wasn’t going to help Sporting KC, RSL still needed the win to advance to the playoffs. And they needed a purpose to get there. It happened in the 95th minute when Demir Kreilach jumped on the kick attempt over Justin Meram.

The turn of events left Chicharito – who scored in the season finale – with tears in his eyes during the post-match press conference.

More importantly, he set up a Sounders-RSL playoff game. The date of this match is yet to be determined.

The Sounders have gone 1-1-0 against RSL this season, with both teams winning their home games. It will also be the fourth time they face the playoffs, with the last meeting being in the 2019 playoffs. The Sounders are 13-3-3 at home against RSL all-time, including a 2- 0-1 in the playoffs.

The game has a lot of off-screen stories, beyond their history. At the end of August, Real Salt Lake head coach Freddy Juarez left RSL to join the Seattle Sounders as an assistant coach. Juarez was announced as an assistant coach for the Sounders on September 1. He is the third executive officer to leave Salt Lake for Seattle, joining Soccer President Garth Lagerwey and athletic director Craig Waibel, who joined the Sounders on April 1.

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